On Monday, a group of Labour MPs will bring an ’emergency motion’ – almost identical to one they already debated at last week’s meeting of the ‘PLP’ (parliamentary Labour party) that mainstream media outlets are claiming might ‘force’ Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to rescind the party’s excellent new Code of Conduct in favour of wholesale, unqualified adoption of the ‘IHRA working definition’ of antisemitism and its widely-criticised accompanying examples.
MPs do not have any power under Labour’s rules to force the NEC to do anything – and they have representatives on the NEC, which agreed to approve the code last week.
An increasing number of Labour figures have started to express their support for the new code, while ‘centrist’ MPs and the ‘MSM’ continue to present it as soft on antisemitism.
Now EL4C (Ealing Labour for Corbyn), one of the best known Labour campaign groups, has published an open letter to the MPs in its borough and is asking those who agree with its message to share it on their social media and tag their MP to make them and the public aware of their opinion.
- points to the opinion of a respected Jewish authority on antisemitism
- supports the Code of Conduct
- condemns the ‘unacceptable’ behaviour of those MPs behind the ’emergency’ motion
- points out the importance that the IHRA document describes itself as a ‘working definition’
- leaves room for further amendments to the code while protecting free speech on Israel and Palestine and
- ‘unreservedly’ condemns the behaviour of Labour MP Margaret Hodge
Those who do share it to their MPs are asked to ensure it is done with complete civility. The original tweet of the open letter can be found here.
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